to understand the basic tenets of academic writing
to identify the different genres and the expectations of each one
to overcome writer's block
to stucture your ideas cohesively
to write reader-friendly sentences
to use appropriate tone to gain credibility
to avoid plagiarism and
to ensure your text respects the rules of general punctuation in English.
This MOOC takes you through the basics of academic writing step by step. From structuring and organising an academic text to avoiding common pitfalls that can negatively affect your credibility, this 6-week course offers a guide for those who want to improve their writing. It looks at various components that will make your academic writing stand out for all the right reasons, including paragraphing, style, tone, paraphrasing and punctuation. Using samples of student writing it also gives you tips on what to avoid and explains why. Each week is comprised of video lessons, followed by exercises and peer-review tasks, taking you through various aspects of academic writing.
The course requires upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced English (C1).
The MOOC “Academic Writing Made Easy” covers the following topics to help you improve your writing:
Week 1 Rhetorical Preferences: Meeting the expectations of your target group
Week 2 Genre: Differentiating between types of scholarly texts
The Writing Process: Overcoming writer's block
Week 3 Cohesion: Making your ideas flow logically
Week 4 Sentences: Writing reader-friendly sentences
Week 5 Credibility: Convincing your peers to accept and believe what you write
Week 6 Punctuation: Polishing your text
Putting it all together: Overcoming the last hurdles
Upper-intermediate to advanced knowledge of English.